Rosemary Westwood

Public Health Reporter

Rosemary Westwood is the public reporter for WWNO/WRKF. She was previously a freelance writer specializing in gender and reproductive rights, a radio producer, columnist, magazine writer and podcast host.

In a Tuesday evening update, the City of New Orleans said it continues to monitor Hurricane Laura, still predicted to reach land as a Category 3 hurricane tomorrow.

Gov. John Bel Edwards warned Louisianans to prepare for Tropical Storm Laura to make landfall along the southwest coast of the state as a “very strong” Category 2 hurricane.

Menstruation products and diapers will soon cost less in New Orleans.

City council members voted unanimously to end the “pink tax” on Thursday, making the city the first in Louisiana to cut taxes that disproportionately hit women.

Advocates have argued the tax — which doesn’t apply to other necessities, such a groceries — is sexist. It represents a “gender injustice,” said Michelle Erenberg, the executive director of the reproductive justice nonprofit Lift Louisiana, in a press release before the vote.

The 2020 Democratic platform is 91 pages. Its section on reproductive rights — less than a page.

But that one page represents the culmination of the party’s shift from luke warm on abortion access to full-throated support of the full range of reproductive rights over the last decade.

Tens of thousands of households in Louisiana can’t afford their rent as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, according to newly released data, and the worst-hit region is Orleans Parish.

Nearly 30,000 households are at risk of eviction, facing a rental shortfall of an average $680. To learn more, reporter Rosemary Westwood spoke with Jessica Kemp, the vice president of the Center for Planning Excellence, a Louisiana nonprofit that focuses on regional planning.


Translated by Luis Rodríguez

José Hernández Pérez, un hondureño de 36 años, había estado viviendo en el Centro de Procesamiento ICE de Pine Prairie, en el centro de Luisiana, durante unos tres meses cuando las personas de su dormitorio de unos 40 años empezaron a enfermarse a mediados de julio.

Read in English

Jose Hernandez Perez, a 36-year-old from Honduras, had been living at Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center in central Louisiana for about three months when people in his dorm of about 40 started getting sick in mid-July.

A fourth child in Louisiana has died from Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C), a disease associated with COVID-19.

More than 4,000 people have died from COVID-19 in Louisiana, six months into the still-raging coronavirus pandemic.

Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry is among a bipartisan group of attorneys general calling on the federal government to increase the supply of the drug remdesivir to treat severely ill COVID-19 patients.

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